One of the most talked about places in all of Kerala and its second largest estuary ecosystem, Ashtamudi lake is home to over forty-three types of mangroves. The lake owes its name to the eight branches or channels of the water body with ‘Ashta’ meaning eight and ‘Mudi’ meaning hair. Cruising through the backwaters of Kerela with skilled oarsmen almost ignites your spirit – with lush greenery and exotic biodiversity on display everywhere you turn. The calming ripples in the water seem to become one with your soul as you take in the fresh air and sounds of nature all around you.
Amongst the many small colonies lay three of the more known islands of Ashtamudi – Chavara Islands, Thekkumbhagom Islands and Munroe Islands, each giving unique and blissful views of their surroundings. Renting a houseboat or a lake-side resort is a must when visiting this lake, to get the full experience of God’s own country.
Distance from the hotel: 93 km
Distance from the airport: 81 km
Driving time: 2 hours 21 minutes